Elk Grove Hires Former Stockton City Executive as Public Works Director

December 22, 2015 |

The City of Elk Grove announced the hiring of a new Director of Public Works this afternoon.

The position, which was opened with the recent retirement for Richard Shepard, will be filled by Robert K. Murdoch. A 30-year veteran of public works, Murdoch is coming to Elk Grove from Monterey County where he served as their Public Works Director since 2012.
Elk Grove Public works director
Elk Grove's new Public Works Director
Robert Murdoch  will be dealing with 
several challenges including the city's  
rapidly deteriorating roads. . 

Murdoch started his career as a project engineer with the U.S. Department of the Navy and transitioned to local government as a construction manager for the City of Fairfield. Following that he was employed in various positions with the City of Stockton for 22-years, including four years as their Public Works Director. 

“Bob brings a wealth of experience with him to Elk Grove,” Jason Behrmann, Elk Grove’s Assistant City Manager said. “Over the course of his career, he has earned a reputation for working collaboratively and effectively with staff and elected officials to deliver a variety of public projects. And he has received praise for his ability to communicate effectively with the public. We think he will be a great addition to the City.” 

Elk Grove’s Public Works Department is responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the City’s roadway and drainage systems as well as the management of the City’s Integrated Waste and Transit services. Murdoch will oversee the work of 16 city employees and 38 contracted personnel, an operating budget of $28 million, and a capital improvements budget of $150 million.

Among the many challenges awaiting Murdoch when he starts his employment on January 4 is dealing with the city's rapidly deteriorating roads. Against the advice of Shepard, the Elk Grove City Council has decided to forgo road maintenance estimated at $8 million annually as it has pursued several discretionary projects such as the proposed soccer stadium. 



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Ice Rink said...

Before he retires himself, welcome to the Whitelock interchange project thru Elk Grove Regional Park, the rejected sales tax measure to fix the neglected infrastructure, and just remember you work for the BIA and Region Builders.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see what hiring someone away from a city that ran itself into bankruptcy brings to Elk Grove.....

Anonymous said...

Might have been best to have left that city off your resume.

Anonymous said...

Richard Shepard retiring from the city was a bit of a shock. So did Shepard really retire or retire from the city of Elk Grove? Why have so many people left the city’s employ? The city has been a revolving door for years now. The city pays some of the highest salaries in the region; not to mention the benefit package. One would be hard pressed to find the same salary/benefit packet in the private sector, i,e., Rebecca Craig. So why the exit? What is really doing on at the city of Elk Grove?

Anonymous said...

Our Police Chief is even looking for a position in some other state. So far Seattle and Texas hasn't worked in his favor.
Might give Rantoul a try, hear they're looking for someone. In his case I believe he's pension shopping...has one in Oregon and CA so far. I do wonder though, how him job shopping affects moral at headquarters. In the corporate world you would be shown the door for actions such as this. JMHO

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